I find that if I eat something low carb - even if it's high in fat, and then drink some water and go for a walk, the cravings generally go away. Mozzarella cheese sticks wrapped in ham slices with lettuce, cucumber stick, celery, or pesto works well for me. Best wishes!
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When fighting cravings, I would stay away from anything sweet. I had horrible cravings during my pregnancy and tried some sugar free jello, it just made them worse. Today, I have no cravings, I could probably have the SF jello without an issue.
I have been craving and struggling with wanting sweets. Today I was at the grocery looking at the 85% whatever chocolate and sugar free candies all with sugar alcohols. I think these are part of my triggering problems and didn't get any of them after actually having them in my cart.Gotta do what Suzanne says!
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I've found that having *any* wheat or sugar triggers cravings. Most artificial sweeteners do the same. Stevia is the only exception. If I keep those out of my diet (especially wheat!!!), cravings aren't an issue.
Lot's of good advice here already. I've been going overboard with carbs during the summer and need to reduce them again. Finding substitutes and waiting a little while to see if the craving goes away work great for me. Birgit
I find that if I can identify exactly what I'm craving - something sweet, chocolate, rice, bread or whatever - I can find a low carb substitute. I have found LC recipes for a single serving cheesecake, a chocolate peanut butter treat, "faux" rice etc. Often I don't even need the same type of thing I'm craving, I just need a little LC treat to make me feel like I'm indulging and then I'm fine.
Also, reading success stories or low carb articles really motivates me to stay away from the carbage and eat well. Having a plan for what I'm going to eat for the day also keeps me on track.
But the only real way to stop craving carbs is to stop eating them. It's a vicious cycle - the more you have the more you want. But cutting them out makes the cravings go away in a few days.
Edited by: FITKRIS at: 8/21/2013 (10:28)
WOE: Atkins/real food. No processed bars/shakes/etc.
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ZJAMEZ, I have no easy answer. Carbs are so addictive.
I've got two favourite "sweets" right now, whipped cream with flavoured protein powder is one of them. Whip the cream first, then at the end add the protein powder and whip it in until it is smooth. I've found chocolate, vanilla and strawberry flavoured protein powder depending on the store. This combination has only a carb or two but tastes decadent.
My second low cab treat is a Atkins bar cut in small sections. I top each section with a little bit of unsweetened peanut butter.
1. Give yourself permission to eat a measured amount of a specific food - in 10 minutes, or 20 minutes or if you still want it in an hour. And it should be an honest permission. If you still really really want it when the given time is up, you can have it. Or, when the time comes, you might give yourself permission to eat it - in another 10 minutes or whatever. Frequently, a craving is short term, and if you can just get past the immediate craving, it will go away. And/or, the very fact that you "can't" eat something makes you want it all the more.
2. When I want to eat in the evening, I have a cup of hot tea with cream and sweetener. Coffee would probably work, too, if you can stand the nasty stuff! :) There seems to be something in the combination of sweet and fat, and the time it takes to drink a cup of hot tea, that usually gets me past the urge to eat.
3. Pick a friend and agree that you will call or email him/her before you eat something carby. The other party's role is simply to receive the call or email. No judgement or blame or shame or even response is allowed. What this does is give you a chance to decide whether you really want it or not. If you do want it, then eat it. But you have to really evaluate whether you really want it, and frequently you'll find that you don't. Again, it should be an honest permission to eat it if you want it, AFTER telling your friend you are going to do it, with no shame, no blame, no guilt.
4. Some people find that eating something low carb - s/f jello with whipped cream, or low carb cheese cake, or whatever takes care of the cravings. It doesn't work for me. I would just go ahead and eat the whole cheesecake, the whole whatever.
5. Finally, re-reading Atkins or some other book on why low carb is good for us and how it works frequently gets me back on track.
Whatever you do, keep coming back and posting here! Don't hide because you aren't doing as well as you think you should be.
Not sure I'm going to be much help, but what I do is just STOP right now!! And slowly slowly not eating them will stop the cravings- may take up to 24 hours?! Right now I drink protein powder (3 gram carbs) when I want my chocolate/carbs!!
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